This article on Muslim history and historians is in three parts, and also includes an extensive reading list to help readers explore the issues discussed here. This first part looks at the way Muslim history has been dealt with by non-Muslims, and the positive as well as the negative impact this had. It shows that a distorted history leads to a misunderstood reality of the other, which leads to conflict, especially between the West and Islam. Distorted Muslim history also harms the true understanding of Islam and its heritage, and can endanger the perception of these by Muslims themselves, the future generations in particular. It is therefore imperative to write a more correct history of Islam, and this is what this first part explains.
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